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Blurred Boundaries - String Quartets by Libby Larsen, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Florence Beatrice Price, Erberk Eryilmaz, Hajime Komatsu, Marty Regan / Apollo Chamber Players

Album Summary

>Larsen, Libby : Sorrow Song and Jubilee, for string quartet
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Plantation Melodies, Old and New
>Price, Florence Beatrice : Folksongs in Counterpoint (5), for string quartet
>Eryilmaz, Erberk [Piano] : Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan, for clarinet, double bass, percussion & string quartet
>Koumatsu, Hajime : Japanese Folk Song Suite no 2, for string quartet
>Regan, Marty : Splash of Indigo, for string quartet
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Notes & Reviews:

Apollo Chamber Players' present their latest Navona release BLURRED BOUNDARIES, featuring commissions from veteran composers Libby Larsen and Marty Regan, as well as from the winner of Apollo's inaugural International Commissioning Contest, Erberk Eryilmaz. These three commissions mark the beginning of 20x2020, Apollo's initiative to commission 20 new folk music-inspired works by the end of the decade. Each of these composers explores culturally-specific musical traditions and presents folk material in ways that are engaging, unique, and revelatory. Larsen's Sorrow Song and Jubilee revisits Antonin Dvorák's love of African-American sorrow songs (or spirituals), composed as an homage to the creative partnership of African-American composer Henry T. Burleigh and Dvorák. Regan's sweeping Splash of Indigo examines the intersections of Japanese folksong and French Impressionist music. Eryilmaz's whirlwind Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan, dedicated to his late grandmother, finds its inspiration in the music of the Roma people and the Thracian region of the Balkans. Accompanying these three modern explorations of folksong are premiere recordings of Florence Beatrice Price's Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, Hajime Komatsu's Four Japanese Folksongs, and arrangements of Henry T. Burleigh's Plantation Melodies, Old and New. These are ideal companion pieces, highlighting not only the commissioned composers' skills in forging different pathways between cultures, but also Apollo's aim to provide fresh context and a contemporary perspective on more traditional repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Clarion Theater, Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, (11/2015/12/2015).



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Works Details

>Larsen, Libby : Sorrow Song and Jubilee, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Apollo Chamber Players (London)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2014

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Plantation Melodies, Old and New :: Negro Lullaby
  • Ensemble: Apollo Chamber Players (London)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Plantation Melodies, Old and New :: An Ante-Bellum Sermon
  • Ensemble: Apollo Chamber Players (London)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Price, Florence Beatrice : Folksongs in Counterpoint (5), for string quartet
  • Performers: Ismail Lumanovski (Clarinet); Matthew McClung (Percussion); Timothy Pitts
  • Ensemble: Apollo Chamber Players (London)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Eryilmaz, Erberk [Piano] : Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan, for clarinet, double bass, percussion & string quartet
  • Performers: Ismail Lumanovski (Clarinet); Matthew McClung (Percussion); Timothy Pitts
  • Ensemble: Apollo Chamber Players (London)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Koumatsu, Hajime : Japanese Folk Song Suite no 2, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Apollo Chamber Players (London)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Regan, Marty : Splash of Indigo, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Apollo Chamber Players (London)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014